VM-Series is the virtualized form factor of the Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall. To meet the growing need for inline security across diverse cloud and virtualization use cases, you can deploy the VM-Series firewall on a wide range of private and public cloud computing environments such as VMware, Cisco ACI and ENCS, KVM, OpenStack, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft public and private cloud, OCI, and Google Cloud Platform.

What's New

PAN-OS 11.1 is here! Check out the new features released in PAN-OS 11.1.
Use the Panorama  plugin for VMware NSX 4.0.0 to secure  all  traffic in your NSX-T data center.

Support for Cisco Cloud Services Platform 

Deploy the VM-Series firewall as a network virtual service on CSP5400 Series and CSP2100 Series.

Support for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)

VM-Series firewalls are now available for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). You can protect and segment your workloads, prevent threats and improve visibility into your applications as you move to OCI.

Date Other New Releases
November 2023
November 2022
February 2022
January 2022


VM-Series Model License Types

VM-Series Performance

Public Cloud Reference Architecture Guides

VM-Series Firewall - Selection Tool


VM-Series Deployment Guide

The Palo Alto Networks VM-Series firewall is the virtualized form of the Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall. Use the VM-Series firewall deployment guide to learn how to secure your protect apps and data in virtualized data center, private cloud, and public cloud deployments.

PAN-OS Release Notes

Find the information you need on the new features, known issues, addressed issues on all supported releases.

Learn how you can use the CN-Series to unify security management in hybrid infrastructure environments


Protect Containers Running in Google Kubernetes Engine

The VM-Series on GCP protects containers running in Google Kubernetes Engine. Container visibility empowers security operations teams to make informed security decisions and respond more quickly to potential incidents

Automating Security for Dynamic Workloads

Modern application workloads need to move in and out of cloud deployments and on-premises data centers sometimes located around the globe. Learn how to protect your dynamic workloads by abstracting security from the IP address.

Simplifying Security Across Cisco ACI

Learn how to integrate VM-Series with Cisco ACI to enable uniform security policy and posture across your physical and virtualized firewalls. This implementation makes sure security in your software defined data center is deployed in lockstep as your application infrastructure expands, contracts, and changes.

Lightboard Series: Scale Out Architectures for the VM-Series on Azure

A brief overview of how you can use Azure Load Balancers to assemble scalable VM-Series architectures on Azure including: (1) achieving managed scale for inbound traffic; (2) delivering outbound scale while protecting workloads from lateral (east-west) threat movement and (3) deploying a shared service architecture that centralizes security and connectivity.

Lightboard Series: Firewall Services VPC Integration

This Lightboard discusses how to integrate the VM-Series next-generation firewall into an AWS Services VPC architecture as a means of addressing security for an environment with many VPCs.

Simplifying Security Across VMware NSX

Learn how to protect your applications and data in the virtualized data center using the automated provisioning and deployment of Palo Alto Networks Next Generation Firewalls with VMware NSX.

Secure Your Nutanix Hyper Converged Infrastructure

The VM-Series firewall for Nutanix AHV allows you to deploy the VM-Series firewall on devices capable of running the Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor.

Lightboard Series: Autoscaling GlobalProtect in AWS

This Lightboard video is an overview on how to automatically scale GlobalProtect remote access solution up and down to meet real time demand while reducing costs.

Lightboard Series: VM-Series for Azure Overview

Overview of the VM-Series for Azure deployed in a hybrid scenario, securely extend your data center to Azure.

Related Documents

Best Practices

At Palo Alto Networks, it’s our mission to develop products and services that help you, our customer, detect and prevent successful cyberattacks. We’ve developed our best practice documentation to help you do just that. Whether you’re looking for the best way to secure administrative access to your next-gen firewalls and Panorama, create best practice security policy to safely enable application access at the internet gateway and the data center, or learn the best way roll out a decryption policy to prevent threats from sneaking into your network, you will find the guidance you need here in our best practice documentation. And, our best practice library keeps growing and evolving to keep up with the ever-changing threat landscape, so be sure to check back often!

Firewalls & Appliances

Palo Alto Networks® next-generation firewalls detect known and unknown threats, including in encrypted traffic, using intelligence generated across many thousands of customer deployments. That means they reduce risks and prevent a broad range of attacks. For example, they enable users to access data and applications based on business requirements as well as stop credential theft and an attacker’s ability to use stolen credentials.

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